John Muir


John Muir


[J. H.] Mellichamp


[First draft of letter, in note-book #1] (3)

[Martinez, 1901]

My dear Dr. Mellichamp:

Many thanks for the fine specimens of P. Cubensis nicely and carefully prepared and packed. They arrived in fine condition, and brought vividly to mind an amusing picture at a railroad station in Florida. While waiting for a train one Sunday morning I offered a bare legged negro boy a dime to climb a tall Cubensis for a flowering branchlet. Instantly fifteen or 20 of them splashed across into the wet hollow where the tree grew and began to climb, boosting each other or pulling each other down, greatly to the wonderment of the well dressed mammies, who declared, "Dam boys done gone crazy, or had de double in ‘em.”
How happy you must be in your old haunts, with thronging memories of the times befo’ de wan.
With kindest regards,
Ever yours,

[John Muir]



[Martinez, Calif.]

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Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 1104

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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